UK company Tav Engineering has failed to get a conviction overturned accusing the business of failing to comply with health a safety regulations following explosions at a fuel terminal.
Hertfordshire Oil Storage Terminal, based near Hemel Hempstead, experienced a series of explosions in December 2005 which saw Tav Engineering and a number of other British companies found guilty of health and safety offences.
Tav Engineering appealed the decision last week in front of London’s Criminal Appeal Court but was not successful in getting the verdict overturned.
The company’s lawyers argued the business was not judged fairly during the original trial, which was held in July last year at St Albans Crown Court, and requested for the conviction and fine to be overturned.
Tav Engineering designed the switch that was meant to turn on the alarm if a fuel tank overflowed. However, when the explosions happened, the switch failed to activate even though the tank had overflowed. As a result, a spark set the terminal ablaze.
The company faced a £1,000 (€1,185) fine for its failure to provide a working switch although its lawyers argued it should not have been tried alongside other companies that faced prosecution for their involvement in the explosions.